St Pancras Eye Centre opens

24 November 2015

The opening of a brand new eye clinic in St Pancras Hospital will see more Royal Free London patients receive world class ophthalmology treatment closer to home.

The St Pancras Eye Centre, which opened this month, will offer out-patient clinics to adult RFL patients suffering from a range of eye problems. 

The launch of the new clinic follows the expansion of the trust’s ophthalmology service after it took over services run by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust earlier this year.

The RFL ophthalmology service operates a ‘hub and spoke’ model around the Royal Free Hospital, which sees the service run out-patient clinics at Barnet Hospital, Edgware Community Hospital (ECH) and the RFH, while day surgery is also offered at ECH, the RFH and the Whittington Hospital.

The new centre has the added advantage of being in the same building as the St Pancras Kidney and Diabetes Centre.

Martin Harris, clinical lead for ophthalmology, said:  “People with diabetes are 20 times more likely to develop visual problems than the rest of the population, and diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of the disease. With this in mind it is a great advantage for patients to have diabetic and eye care services in the same building.

“The opening of the new centre at St Pancras Hospital allows us to not only expand our service, but also to offer world class services in a location that is convenient for our patients.”

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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.

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